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View Poll Results: Which Lens to get first??
Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 3642.35%
Pentax FA 77mm Limited f/1.8 2630.59%
Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4.0-6.3 55.88%
None of the above! 1821.18%
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02-22-2008, 02:49 PM   #1
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[LBA] Which one to get first??

Hi guys,

I've been struck with LBA (haven't we all?) I can't really decide on which of these 3 lenses to get first while I save up for the other 2.

Option 1: DA* 50-135 f/2.8
I recently sold my Sigma 24-70 f2.8 and picked a great copy of the DA* 16-50. I'm in love with the IQ and quietness of the SDM from the DA* series and have seen nothing but rave reviews for big brother the 50-135. I also have a gap in coverage from 50mm to 70mm.

Option 2: FA 77 LTD f/1.8
I take a lot of portraits for friends/family/side business and the bokeh is just dreamy, as well as the color/contrast/rendering.

Option 3: Sigma EX 50-500mm aka BIGMA
Currently, my longest reaching lens is the Sigma EX 70-200 f/2.8. I would like to get into doing more wildlife and sporting events (most outdoors) and this would be a great telephoto to own and round out the range of my lens collections. And as it's so hard to find, there's one posted for sale currently in the forum.

Please help me out as which lens to get! Thanks!

02-22-2008, 02:56 PM   #2
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I just got my 50-135 just a few hours ago and was about to post my own little lense thread, but ill post a sample or two in here instead. I can say that the build quality is incredible, the focus is dead silent, really fast. This is probably all the same with the 16-50 you have now. The range is pretty nice, do wish it was a smidge longer though, maybe 50-150mm. anyway, i'll process the shots i took this afternoon and post some up.

Though, if you do get this lense it seems like it would overlap a lot with your sigma 70-200, I'd go for the 77 or the bigma if i already had a 70-200, simply speaking based on range, not IQ.
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I also have the 50-135 and I love it, but I would have to agree with elnero that you would get a lot of overlap in terms of range. I would say that if you are satisfied with the 70-200 in terms of IQ than let range be your guide in terms of what you get next...i.e. the Bigma or the 77 if it's going to get enough use.

Tough decision you have there!
02-22-2008, 04:08 PM   #4
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Get 'em all and be done with it!

just kidding, you will then find something else to buy, so do it one at a time, in what ever order you want

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02-22-2008, 04:09 PM   #5
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Well, since you like what you are getting with your DA* 16-50 and from what I have been hearing, the DA* 50-135 is even better. Plus DA* 50-135 is in the right focal length for portraits, not to mention it has been shown to take great portrait photos by forum members, so I would go with DA* 50-135.
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while the 50-135 is a great lens, you've already got a fast tele zoom in the 70-200, so I'd get the 77 for portraits, although realize that 77 is on the long end for portraits. I'd only get the Bigma if you find yourself really needing the reach.
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I voted "none" as you have most of it covered. The "gap" at 50-70 is really not significant. The Bigma is a handful and for $1,000 it should be something you will use more than once or twice.

Upgrade your computer monitor or TV instead :-)
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Option 1: DA* 50-135 for the versatility.

02-22-2008, 11:25 PM   #9
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Da* 50-135 since it is reliable and covering a good range close to normal view. The colour and contrast are impeccable as well. The rest are not something to start with. Bigma tends to sacrifice colour and contrast in the short ends...
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I voted "none" as you have most of it covered. The "gap" at 50-70 is really not significant. The Bigma is a handful and for $1,000 it should be something you will use more than once or twice.

Upgrade your computer monitor or TV instead :-)
Haha my computer monitor is a 32" LCD TV... running a quad core system

But thanks guys, looks like its gonna be the 50-135 for the most part, since alot of folks say it can come close the rendering of the 77mm Mr Bigma will just have to wait!
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Qdoan, if my DA* 50-135mm is anything to go by, I'd say "go buy!"
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If I were you, I'd consider waiting for the *60-250/4. While it is slower than your 70-200, it decreases the gap at the wide end by 10mm and gives you 50mm more at the wide end, plus it's weathersealed.

Out of the ones you have listed, I say go with the 50-135. Unless you're taking portraits in really low light, f2.8 should be enough. To get that and the 77 would be a bit redundant.

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I also have the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 and think that you'd wind up just having 2 excellent lenses that cover the same range. The 70-200 might be a little long for portrait but from 70-90mm or so still a great lens for that.

I just got my second Bigma (had to sell the first for personal reasons and it was a great copy without issues).

I'd get the Bigma now while you can. They are getting harder to find and I can only remeber 1 on Ebay over the past 4 months other than the one I sold. There are one or 2 retailers selling them but at $1299-1400 last I checked. Now that being said. It's a great lens without question IMO but is not as sharp as the 70-200, close but not quite. It's heavy and slower. But once you use it a bit all of that really doesn't matter. The slight softness can be sharpened if you're careful, The weight is something to get used to and punch up the ISO a bit if you need lower light shots. But most wildlife shooting is daytime anyway so it doesn't matter.

Next I'd get the 77mm. The DA* will be around for a long time to come so there's no rush there since you have most of that range covered.
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Haha just an update.. My tax refund came in early.. so I bit the bullet, and bought BOTH the DA* 50-135 and Bigma. Damn LBA.. I guess that last one has to be the 77.. in due time.. in due time..

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